Monday, August 8, 2022

Pulling Down Strongholds


By Andrea Merrell

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal

but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:4 NLT


“What strongholds have you built in your life?” the pastor asked. A question that required some serious thought and prayer.

The Bible talks about “pulling down strongholds,” but what does that mean, and how do we make it happen?

A stronghold is defined as a place that has been fortified or where a particular belief is strongly defended or upheld. The pastor called it “the place from where the Enemy can attack” (speak, deceive, or manipulate).

We can unknowingly build these places in our heart through failures, illnesses, addictions, failed relationships, abandonment, or any number of ways. We can also create them through religious, legalistic thinking, human reasoning, false arguments, and teaching that does not line up with the Word of God. Each one creates seeds of doubt that, left unattended, grow into a wall that hinders our relationship with the Lord. It gives the Enemy a platform from which he attempts to steal our peace, our joy, our finances, our health, and even our life.

The Bible clearly tells us to pull them down. The MSG puts it this way:

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Ask God to show you if there is a stronghold in your life. Then destroy it, and build an altar in its place—the place where you commune with the Lord.

(Photo courtesy of and renjith krishnan.)


Do you have a stronghold in your life? Ask God to show you, then destroy it and build an altar in its place. via @AndreaMerrell (Click to tweet.)

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